SBI PO (Probationary Officer)

SBI PO Syllabus & Exam Pattern

SBI PO (Probationary Officer) Exam

State Bank of India (SBI) conducts the online examination in two phases – Preliminary and Main exams for Probationary Officer/ Management Trainee posts.

(A). SBI PO Prelim Exam:

SBI PO preliminary examination will be conducted online and candidates are allocated a total duration of 1 hour to complete the prelim exam. It consists of 3 sections with a total of 100 questions and maximum score of 100 marks. There is negative marking in SBI PO preliminary exam and 0.25 marks are deducted for each wrong answer attempted by a candidate. It is necessary to clear the cut-off in all 3 sections to qualify for the SBI PO Main exam.
Note: Separate time limit is provided for each of the 3 sections. So the students appearing in the online exam once submit a section cannot come back to the same.

SBI PO (Probationary Officer) Exam: As it is.

Notification:

I. Important Dates:

SBI PO 2021 Notification Release Date April/May 2021
SBI PO Apply Online Start Dates April/May 2021
SBI PO Apply Online Last Date To Be Notified Soon
SBI PO Prelims Admit Card To Be Notified Soon
SBI PO Prelims Exam Date To Be Notified Soon
SBI PO Prelims Result To Be Notified Soon
SBI PO Mains Admit Card To Be Notified Soon
SBI PO Mains Exam Date To Be Notified Soon
Interview Date To Be Notified Soon
Declaration of Final Result To Be Notified Soon

II. Post/Vacancies:

The vacancies for SBI PO 2021 are schedule to be released in March 2021 (tentatively). For the year 2020, total 2000 vacancies were announced. Here is the detail of previous year (2020) vacancies released for SBI PO.
Category SC ST OBC EWS GEN Total
Vacancy 300 150 540 200 810 2000

III. Eligibility:

Qualification: The candidates applying for SBI PO 2021 should be graduates in any discipline from a university recognized by the government of India. People appearing in final year exams of their graduation are also eligible to apply.
Age: Minimum age: 21 years
Maximum age: 30 years
Apart from the above age limit, age relaxation is given to certain category candidates as mentioned below:
Category Age Relaxation
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) 5 years
Other Backward Classes (OBC Non-Creamy Layer) 3 years
Persons with Disabilities (PWD) 10 years
Ex-Servicemen (Army personnel) 5 years
Persons with Domicile of Jammu &Kashmir during 1-1-1980 to 31-12-1989 5 year

IV. Exam fees:

Sr. No. Category Application Fee
1 SC/ST/PWD Nil
2 General and Others Rs. 750/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)

V. Salary:

SBI PO provides attractive emoluments to the successful candidates. At present, the entry pay of an SBI PO is higher in comparison to all jobs at other public sector banks. The basic salary is Rs 27, 620. The increment is as follows: 23700-980/7- 30560-1145/2-32850-1310/7-42020)

(B) Pattern:

Every stage of SBI PO examination has different exam pattern. First and second stage is conducted via online mode. Third stage is a group exercise along with a personal interview. The final selection list is made considering the overall performance of the candidate at each stage.

I. SBI PO Pre Exam:

Mode of Examination Online
Question Type Objective 
Number of Questions 100
Maximum Marks 100
Duration of Exam 60 minutes
Sections in Paper 3 (English language, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability)
Marks/Questions in each section English language: 30, Quantitative aptitude: 35, Reasoning Ability: 35

II. SBI PO Mains Exam:

Question Type Objective and Descriptive
Sections 2
Questions in each section Objective : 155, Descriptive: 2
Time duration Objective: 3 hours, Descriptive: 30 minutes
Sections in Objective Paper 4
Marks of Objective Type Reasoning & Computer Aptitude: 60,
Data Analysis & Interpretation: 60,
General Awareness about Economy/ Banking: 40,
English language: 40
Time Allotted to Each Section Reasoning & Computer Aptitude: 45 min,
Data Analysis & Interpretation: 45 min,
General Awareness about Economy/ Banking: 40 min,
English language: 40 min
Sections in Main Descriptive Letter writing and Essay

(C) Syllabus

I. SBI PO Pre Exam:

Sections Syllabus
Quantitative Aptitude Simplification,
Number System,
Average,
Percentage,
Ratio and Proportion,
Interest,
Number series,
Data Interpretation,
Profit and Loss,
Mensuration,
Permutation and Combination
Reasoning Ability Inequalities,
Ordering and Ranking,
Directions, and Distances,
Coding and Decoding,
Blood Relations,
Syllogisms,
Circular Seating Arrangement,
Linear Seating Arrangement,
Double Line Up,
Grouping, and Selection
English Language Fill in the blanks,
Reading and Comprehension,
Para Jumbles,
Cloze test,
Error spotting,
Spellings,
Phrase Idiom meaning,

II. SBI PO Mains Exam:

Sections Syllabus
Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude Puzzles,
Seating Arrangement,
Inequality,
Syllogism,
Input-Output,
Coding-Decoding,
Verbal Reasoning,
Data Sufficiency,
Miscellaneous topics,
Computer Aptitude
Data Analysis and Interpretation Bar graph,
Line graph,
Pie chart (single or double),
Tabular graph,
Radar chart,
Mixed graphs (a combination of any 2 of the above),
Caselet/ Paragraph DI,
Missing graphs
English Language Reading Comprehension,
Cloze test,
Para jumbles,
Odd one out/ Theme based questions,
Statement and Paragraph Completion,
Sentence Connectors
General Awareness Current Affairs,
Banking / Financial Awareness,
Static Affairs
SBI PO main examination will be conducted online and candidates are allocated total duration of 3 hours to complete the main exam. It consists of 4 sections with a total of 155 questions and maximum score of 200 marks. There is negative marking in SBI PO main exam and 0.25 marks are deducted for each wrong answer attempted by a candidate. It is necessary to clear the cut-off in all 4 sections to qualify for further process. A descriptive paper will be conducted along with the above mentioned online test. It needs to be completed in a time span of 30 minutes and the maximum marks allotted to this test is 50.
Note: Separate time limit is provided for each of the 3 sections. So the students appearing in the online exam once submit a section cannot come back to the same.

(D). Objective Test:

The above tests except the English Language will be available bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi.

(E). Descriptive Test:

The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with two questions for 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).

(F). Interview Process:

A candidate who clears both the Prelims & Mains Exam will be further called for a GD-PI session wherein they will face a panel of selectors discussing on their past experience and questions related to General Knowledge and of the Banking Sector. It is essential for a candidate to clear the Interview Process in order to ensure their final selection. The qualifying marks for this round will be decided by the Bank and the marks allotted to these rounds are: Group Discussion – 20 marks, Interview – 30 marks.
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